Electroless deposition of SERS active Au-nanostructures on variety of metallic substrates
- Electroless deposition of SERS active Au-nanostructures on variety of metallic substrates
- Jegatha Nambi Krishnan; 김인태; 안성현; 김지환; 조소혜; 김상경
- Electroless deposition; Gold; Nanoflower; Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)
- Issue Date
- BioChip Journal
- VOL 7, NO 4, 375-385
- In this study, flower-like Au structures (three dimensional branched nanoparticles) were constructed by using a simple, template-free and cost effective electroless plating method. The key synthesis strategy was to perform controlled plating of Au on a variety of metals (Ag, Cu and Pt) deposited on the Si substrate. Herein, gold is deposited purely as a result of reaction of chemicals in bath to form Au nanoflowers/lawns. The size and shape of the Au nanoflowers could be tailored by controlling the immersion Au plating time on multitude of metallic substrates. Time course measurements by SEM and HRTEM were used to follow reaction progress and evolution of flower-like shape. The generation of unique and reproducible morphological Au nanostructures onto each substrate implies that the Au nanostructures are substrate dependent. Fast Fourier Transform measurements were conducted using HR-TEM on isolated samples that proved the presence of anisotropic growth of Au polycrystalline structures. The gold nanostructures have shown the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) by detecting the enhanced Raman spectra of 4-Aminobenzenethiol (4-ABT) molecules. The enhancement of Raman signal was stronger for Au structures built on Pt or Ag thin films. The Au nanoflowers produced by this simple method exhibited effective surface-enhancement for biosensing applications.
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